As Obama Plans War Exit, Afghan Women Talk Recovery


As Obama mulls a U.S. troop buildup in Afghanistan, Rita Henley Jensen of Women's Enews checked in with three Afghan women who run social service efforts in their troubled homeland, who talked about schools, jobs, safety and health care instead of focusing on the war that shadows them all.

(WOMENSENEWS)--As the world waits for President Barack Obama to announce his plan to send up to 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan, three female leaders of civil society efforts focused their concerns on nation building.

The trio wanted to talk about something else: the country's recovery.

They also wanted to discuss individuals they came across in their work who showed why the country needs more international help providing education, jobs, health care and safety. Moreover, the fiefdoms of the Taliban, war lords, tribal leaders and drug traffickers leave the nation poorly equipped to reduce the corruption and violence.

The women interviewed were Sakena Yacoobi, founder of girls' schools throughout the country and neighboring Pakistan; Fatima Gailani, head of a major national nongovernmental organization; and Mary Akrami, the founder of shelters for women and survivors of domestic violence. All three women said the situation in Afghanistan remains precarious, especially for women. U.S. troops weren't an issue they said they felt qualified to assess, but they did understand the country's struggle to provide its people with a functional society.

Read the full story at Women's Voices For Change.



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